Guam – The non-profit group Pa’a Taotao Tano fears that the use of the Chamorro language is declining.
Pa’a’s recent survey of about 6,500 Chamorros found that 48% said they can understand Chamorro “very well.” But only 27% said they knew it well enough to communicate, while the remaining 25% said they had minimal or no knowledge of the language.
Pa’a’s Project Manager is Nicole Calvo. She takes hope in the finding that 8 out of 10 respondents expressed a strong desire to learn more about the language.
Calvo hopes that other non-profit organizations and local government agencies will use the data and develop programs to perpetuate the use of the language.
The survey was carried out with a $98-thousand grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.